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Life in the Mouse House: Memoir of a Disney Story Artist Paperback – March 3, 2014
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Any firsthand memories of the medium’s Golden Age are to be highly cherished, and Brightman’s accounting (while neither as insightful as Shamus Culhane’s or acidic as Jack Kinney’s) is engaging enough that you’ll probably plow through this 100-pager in one evening. I grew a little annoyed with Brightman’s inflated self-importance, but that’s to be expected in a memoir (as if Carl Barks was as inept a storyteller as Brightman made him out to be). Brightman used pseudonyms for all of his coworkers and they are left intact as he wanted. They get in the way, but thankfully Ghez has included a key to who’s who.
Walt Disney was one of those mercurial personalities you couldn’t help observe sharply, and Brightman’s anecdotes ring true and his commentary is generally spot-on. The book has been oversold as “scathing,” as if it’s tantamount to the bile regularly exhibited in strikers’ interviews of the past or the psychopath Walt Peregoy’s taped talks of the present day. It’s revealing that despite receiving ostensibly brutal treatment, Brightman is able to write about Disney with fair admiration. The book abruptly ends when he leaves after Cinderella, with no mention of Walter Lantz (who easily valued Brightman considerably more than Disney did).
Yet another must-have for anyone interested in animation history.
Homer Brightman's Life in the Mouse House details his 15 years of working at Disney as a storyboard artist developing gags and stories for Disney productions. The book outlines how he came to get his position at Disney in 1935, his try out in animation and his eventual move into storyboarding. He discusses the office politics of working at Disney, including the rivalries and poor corporate treatment. Brightman includes his views of the 1941 strike and the outcomes of this labor dispute. Walt Disney features heavily in Brightman's story as he includes his first story meeting with Disney and numerous interactions over his 15 years at the studio. The story ends abruptly, with Disney breaking up Brightman's partnership with another story man working on Cinderella and Brightman's obvious frustration with the move. Editor Dider Ghez then follows the memoir with a chapter on Brightman's post Disney years and a filmography and comicography both written by Alberto Becattini.
Life in the Mouse House is a short book, around 100 pages, that is a brisk and interesting to read. The Brightman memoir was uncovered by Ghez and he was correct in thinking he had found an unpublished memoir of interest. For the hardcore Disney fan, Brightman gives a different perspective than those who have penned books giving only praise to Disney, corporate and man.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book for my husband. He says, "I loved it. Best insight into the early Disney years short of "The Illusion of Life."Published 12 months ago by emteen
Great book. I really enjoyed the personal experiences Homer Brightman had at the studio not only in regards to himself, but also as he observed and worked with other employees. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jt
Interesting but also a little self serving at times. I'm not sure these are new revelations, it's quite well known that Walt was a tough boss. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gigi123
Inciteful. As a Disney fan, it gives insights into the bad old days when Walt was struggling.Published 24 months ago by DTAYLOR
One gets a clear idea of the author's flawed perspective when he dumps on Carl Bark's storytelling ability - Barks, the man who's known as one of the most brilliant comic-book... Read morePublished on June 24, 2014 by Laughing Dragon
I enjoyed this book because it showed a side of Walt that I'd only read about in a general way. He truly was not perfect as you'll see in this book. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by wanda budgell
This book gives a personal insight as to what it may have been like to work for Walt Disney. Great for anyone who loves Disney history.Published on May 26, 2014 by ronald smith
Fascinating read, can't put it down. How the movies you loved as a child were created and an insight into the men who did the drawings.Published on March 31, 2014 by Elaine Magliacane